Lake George: 1774-1900
can one say about landscape paintings that hasn’t already
been said? Not much, really, but Painting Lake George:
1774-1900, opening at the Hyde Collection this weekend,
should have weary art critics happily dusting off a few
favorite adjectives. Forty-five paintings have been loaned
to the Hyde for the exhibition, each of which takes a different
view of the lake and its surroundings. There really, truly
is very little more that can be said; better to go take
in these breathtaking images for yourself.
Lake George: 1774-1900 opens this Sunday (June 5) at
the Hyde Collection (161 Warren St., Glens Falls). The exhibition
will remain on display until Sept. 11. For more information,
call 792-1761 or visit www.hydecollection.org.
at Five: Surf City All-Star Band
and gentlemen, set your Igloo coolers on stand-by alert
and ready your beer cozies (Oops. Nope. Can’t do that any
more. Gather some cash.), the Alive at Five free concert
series begins tonight (Thursday) at Riverfront Park (Corning
Preserve, Albany). From here on in (well, until Aug. 11,
anyway), your Thursday nights from 5 to 8 PM are booked.
The series kicks off with the Surf City All Stars, featuring
former members of the Beach Boys (Al Jardine and David Marks)
and Jan and Dean (namely Dean). Critics have lauded the
band for their faithful renditions of their former outfits’
hits. Note to Mike Love: You can sue the man out of the
band, but you can’t sue the band out of the man, apparently.
“They sound like the real deal because they are the real
deal,” according to the L.A. Weekly Music Review.
Subsequent Thursdays will host Celtic act the Blackthorns,
rockabilly mavens Eddie Angel and the Neanderthals, the
Spanish Harlem Orchestra featuring Ruben Blades, Mary Wilson
of the Supremes, “newgrass” wonder Sam Bush, Little Feat,
Leon Russell, Terrence Simien, and Eileen Ives & Immigrant
The Surf City All Stars will play Riverfront Park (Corning
Preserve, Albany) tonight (Thursday, June 2) at 5 PM. Opening
will be local bluesmen the Tom Healey Band. For more information,
call 434-2032 or visit www.albanyevents.org.
James Spione didn’t have to look far for the subject of
this documentary about a “five-generation struggle to maintain
a small farm in central New York state.” His cousin, Langdon
Ames, was born and raised and now runs a dairy farm in Richfield
Springs, a lovely (if not exactly flush) village an hour
and a half (or so) west of Albany on Route 20. Ames, the
film shows, may be the last of the family to run the farm,
as his sons have all moved away.
In an e-mail, Spione explained that American Farm,
which will be shown at Saratoga Film Forum this weekend,
“reflects a number of issues of concern to New York residents.”
These include the loss of farmland and open space, the economic
difficulties small farmers face, and the struggle to maintain
family traditions. (This subject also is addressed in David
King’s story “Left Behind,” on page 14 of this issue.)
Farm will be screened on Saturday (June 4) at 7 PM and
Sunday (June 5) at 6 PM at Saratoga Film Forum (Arts Center
Theatre, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs). Filmmaker James
Spione will lead a discussion after both screenings. Tickets
are $6 general admission, $4 members. For more info, call